HART, JERE BENJAMIN
HART, JERE BENJAMIN (1846–1913). Jere Benjamin Hart, rancher, the oldest of eight children of Edmond Benjamin and Frances Jane (Jackson) Hart, was born on November 29, 1846, in Butler, Bates County, Missouri. During the Civil War, on July 4, 1862, Hart volunteered for the Confederate Army in Benton County, Arkansas, and served as a private in the Mounted Riflemen Volunteers from the First Regiment of the Cherokee Partisan Rangers. At the close of the war, he spent a year in Dallas with his maternal grandparents, Jerre and Susan Ann (Rice) Jackson. In February 1866 Hart moved to the frontier of Palo Pinto County, Texas. He worked as a ranch hand in Palo Pinto for five years before establishing a homestead. An article in the June 20, 1922, Breckenridge Daily American noted that "J. B. Hart, who moved out onto the present Hart Ranch in the early seventies, was a crack shot with the rifle as well as with the revolver. He was an expert horseman, and in the use of the lariat, the whole range in the Palo Pinto neighborhood couldn't produce a better man." On February 1, 1872, Hart married Mary Joanna Taylor, daughter of Dr. Stephen Slade and Eleanor Aston (Maddox) Taylor, in Palo Pinto, Texas, at the Taylor Hotel, which was owned by the bride's parents. The Harts had nine children, of whom seven lived to adulthood. Ranch life for the Harts was prosperous enough that they could send their five sons to such schools as the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, and Texas Christian University. The Hart family attended Cedar Springs Methodist Church near Brad, Texas, and later belonged to the First Christian Church in Caddo. Jere Hart was an organizer of the Cattle Raisers Association of Texas (now the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Associationqv). He died on April 3, 1913, at the ranchhouse he had built and was buried at the Brad Cemetery in western Palo Pinto County. After oil was discovered at the Hart Ranch on July 13, 1919, an oil boomtown developed, partly in anticipation of the Cisco and Northeastern Railway crossing the ranchlands; the town was named Jerehart in Hart's honor. In 1974 the Hart Ranch was recorded in the first edition of The Texas Family Land Heritage Registry. In the early 1990s a corncrib built of logs, a one-room log house, and the Hart ranchhouse stood on land still held by Hart descendants.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Laura Bell Hart Thomson, "Hart, Jere Benjamin," accessed May 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhary.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles